Contacting the Pierce Lab


Office Location

Level 4, MCZ Labs
26 Oxford Street
Harvard University
Cambridge MA 02138
United States

Mailing Address

Department of Organismic
   and Evolutionary Biology
26 Oxford Street
Harvard University
Cambridge MA 02138
United States


Faculty/collection assistant
Maggie Starvish
Phone: +1 (617) 495 4012
Fax: +1 (617) 495 5667

Media Information

We have a page with media information about Professor Naomi Pierce and her research.

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Prospective Graduate Students - Advice for Applicants

The Pierce Lab typically accepts one or two new graduate students every year. Students in the lab work on many different projects, although in general they all address some aspect of insect behavioral ecology and/or species interactions. Many students work on a thesis project of their own design. In addition, the website describes several on-going, collaborative projects that students are welcome to join.

Members of the laboratory have come from Australia, Brazil, Colombia, China, Denmark, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK and the US. Students and postdoctoral fellows from the Pierce Lab have gone on to careers in academia, museums, state and federal agencies, private NGO's and industry. Former students and postdocs currently hold positions at the University of Copenhagen, Michigan State University, University of Toronto, University of East Anglia (UK), University of Maryland, University of Texas, Stanford, Kalamazoo College, UC Irvine, University of Alaska, Macquarie University (Australia), Australian National University, Western Carolina University, Florida Atlantic University, Princeton, SUNY Buffalo, UC San Diego, the Milwaukee Public Museum, The National Science Foundation, Biogen, Smith-Kline Beecham, BD Biosciences Technologies, and the Institute for Animal Health (UK).

If you are interested in applying, here are a few suggestions about how to proceed:

  1. Send an email to Naomi Pierce with a letter explaining your background and research interests. Please attach your current CV or resume to your email. You should also feel free to contact any of the graduate students or postdocs in the lab to ask them more specific questions about the lab and/or life in Cambridge and at Harvard.
  2. Send an email to the Graduate Secretary for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, Pamela Greene (, to request application forms and information about the Department. Pam will be the person in the Department tracking the progress of your application, so she is an important person to contact, and she can keep you informed regarding the status of your application.
  3. Additional faculty at Harvard whose research interests are similar and/or complementary include the following (in no particular order). If you haven't done so already, you might also contact some of these OEB faculty regarding opportunities in their labs:
  4. Brian Farrell
    David Haig
    Paul Moorcroft
    Colleen Cavanaugh
    Gonzalo Giribet
    Scott Edwards
    Dan Hartl
    Bill Bossert
    Martin Nowak

    And in other departments:

    Andrew Murray (Molecular and Cell Biology)
    Catherine Dulac (Molecular and Cell Biology)
    Richard Wrangham (Biological Anthropology)

  5. After you have applied, you should plan to visit late in the term. Set up your own schedule (by email), and organize it so that you can meet everyone of interest to you in one or two days. It is expensive to stay in Harvard Square. If you don't know anyone in the area, please ask — one of the professors you will be visiting will almost certainly have a grad student or postdoc who can put you up for a night or two. Alternatively, a nearby (walking distance), safe and moderately priced Bed and Breakfast is the Irving House. Visiting later rather than earlier in the term (i.e. some time in November or early December at the latest) will ensure that you remain relatively fresh in the minds of the faculty/Graduate committee when it is time to make decisions.

    Unfortunately, our department will typically only pay for your travel expenses if you are later accepted to the program. It may not be possible for you to interview if you are applying from overseas or if you have a tight budget. If you can possibly manage it, however, a visit is strongly recommended. It can be a crucial part of the decision-making process for both parties involved.

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